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OIC News archive from June 2018
Surface dressing – Monday 2 July

Surface dressing work will resume on Monday (2 July) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School). The road will be closed in both directions.

29 June 2018
RET announcement – response from Orkney Islands Council

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan has expressed concern that cheaper ferry fares are not being introduced on routes between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.

29 June 2018
Stromness Academy appeals for return of school books

Staff at Stromness Academy are appealing to local families to check their bookshelves at home - to see if there are any school books lurking there.

28 June 2018
Surface dressing update – Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June

No surface dressing is planned for Thursday and Friday (28 and 29 June) this week.

27 June 2018
Temporary Scapa Flow exhibition opens in Hoy Hotel

A temporary exhibition on the wartime history of Scapa Flow is due to open at the Hoy Hotel in Lyness on Saturday (30 June).

27 June 2018
Eyes open approach encouraged for children at risk

Everyone in Orkney should keep their Eyes Open for children at risk during the school holidays.

27 June 2018
New Website Provides One-Stop Shop for Postal Surcharge Concerns

The issue of parcel surcharging has long been a bone of contention for many internet shoppers. However, consumers across the United Kingdom, and especially those living in Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now set to benefit from the launch of a new website which provides a one stop shop to acknowledge these concerns.

26 June 2018
Surface dressing – Wednesday 27 June

Surface dressing work will continue tomorrow (Wednesday 27 June) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School) and the road will be closed in both directions.

26 June 2018
Surface dressing - Tuesday 26 June

Surface dressing work will continue tomorrow (Tuesday 26 June) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School) and the road will be closed in both directions.

25 June 2018
Orkney tops Scotland for food safety

Orkney has the highest food safety standards in Scotland, according to a recent survey by consumer group Which?.

21 June 2018
Magnifier now available at Warehouse Buildings

An electronic magnifier has been presented to the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness to help people with a range of visual impairments.

20 June 2018
Work to repair Royal Oak Roll of Honour

Conservation work is to be carried out to repair damage to the HMS Royal Oak Roll of Honour.

20 June 2018
Wartime guns head south to aviation museum

Two anti-aircraft guns from the Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness are being transported to a new home in Dumfries.

20 June 2018
Partners call for broadband solution for remote communities

Orkney’s Community Planning Partnership is to push Scottish and Westminster Governments for faster progress on the roll out of improvements to broadband coverage and speeds for Orkney’s most remote areas.

20 June 2018
Sheltered housing consultation reminder

A consultation on Orkney Islands Council’s Sheltered Housing service remains open until the end of June.

19 June 2018
Environment Partnership launches biodiversity consultation

Orkney’s Community Planning Environment Partnership is seeking public views on the latest version of its Orkney Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

19 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 19 to 21 June

The Council will be continuing surface dressing in the Wald Road and Hinderayre Road area of Evie and Rendall from Monday 18 June, moving onto Gorseness Road over following days.

18 June 2018
South Isles recycling collection cancelled this week for kirkyard grass cutting

Recycling collections in the linked South Isles are to be cancelled next week to allow Council crews to be diverted to grass cutting duties in the area’s kirkyards.

18 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Saturday 16 June and Monday 18 June

The Council will be carrying out surface dressing for a short time tomorrow (Saturday 16 June) in Orphir in the Kirbister/Waulkmill area between the track west of Waterfold and the junction with the Germiston Road at the Kirbister Loch end.

15 June 2018
Evie school opening ceremony

Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP today (Friday 15 June) performed the official opening ceremony at Orkney’s newest school.

15 June 2018
Bridge Street Closed on Monday.

Kirkwall's Bridge Street will be closed to traffic this Monday (18 June) as Orkney Islands Council carries out some temporary repairs.

15 June 2018
Feed into public bus services from 2020

The Orkney community is being asked for input into future public bus services for the county, ahead of preparations by Orkney Islands Council for the next contract period.

15 June 2018
New cardboard recycling skip at Cursiter

A new cardboard recycling container is now in operation at the Council’s household waste and recycling centre (HWRC) at Cursiter Quarry in Firth.

15 June 2018
Safety work planned for kirkyards

Work on headstones found to be in an unsafe condition is about to begin at kirkyards in Orkney.

14 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Friday 15 June

Surface dressing will be carried out tomorrow (Friday 15 June) on the A964 Kirkwall-Houton-Stromness road on the stretch from Houton to Clowally.

14 June 2018
Feedback sought on choice-based lettings system

Orkney Islands Council is asking for views on a possible change to the way its houses are let.

14 June 2018
Scams awareness - where to find help and advice

June is this year’s Scams Awareness month and the Trading Standards team at Orkney Islands Council is reminding people to be on their guard for scams which can target all age groups.

14 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Thursday 14 June

Due to the weather conditions forecast for tomorrow, surface dressing work is not expected to take place on Thursday 14 June.

13 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 13 June

Tomorrow (Wednesday 13 June) will see surface dressing starting on the A964 (main Kirkwall/Stromness to Houton road), from Houton to Nealand Kennels.

12 June 2018
New community justice co-ordinator

A co-ordinator has been appointed to take forward the work of the Orkney Community Justice Partnership.

12 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Monday 11 June and Tuesday 12 June

Surface dressing work will continue in the Bay of Skaill/Skara Brae area, on the B9056 between the B9057 (the Loch of Skaill) and Quoyloo Road before moving onto the B9055 between Aith and Queena.

08 June 2018
Kirkwall Harbour Collection Box Spruced Up

An unusual Kirkwall landmark has been given a bit of TLC as part of the Council's ongoing work on Kirkwall's harbour front.

07 June 2018
Are you a small business and with services to offer to the Council, but not sure how to go about it?

Free business workshops are being held in Orkney next week to help small businesses polish up on their tendering skills when dealing with public sector bodies such as the Council. 

06 June 2018
Road maintenance works for Stromness

Road maintenance works are due to be carried out on Stromness' main street from next week (11 June - 15 June). 

06 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 7 and 8 June

The Council will be carrying out surface dressing in the Bay of Skaill and Skara Brae area on Thursday and Friday this week.

06 June 2018
Sally appointed as Chief Officer

A new Chief Officer has been appointed for Orkney Health and Care, the Integration Joint Board that commissions and oversees community health and social care services in the islands.

05 June 2018
Ideas welcome from the isles

People living in Orkney’s North and South Isles are being encouraged to contribute ideas as part of the community conversations initiative.

05 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 5 June

Surface dressing will be taking place on the A965 - the main Kirkwall to Stromness road - from Binscarth Farm to Germiston Road, over the course of Tuesday (5 June) and Wednesday (6 June) this week.  

04 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Monday 4 June

The Council is advising that surface dressing will take place on Monday 4 June on the Bigswell Road in Stenness.

01 June 2018
Two Headteachers Sought for Orkney Schools

Orkney Islands Council is looking to recruit Head Teachers for two distinct local schools.

01 June 2018

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